Michael Douglas makes a “head-to-head” homophobic crack at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Michael Douglas, winning his third major award for his role as the gay pianist Liberace in the TV movie "Behind the Candelabra," fulfilled expectations by making a third snarky joke about gay sex.
The veteran actor had, at the Emmys, joked about the film being a "two-hander" and that he and co-star Matt Damon would have to fight over the "bottom or the top" halves of the trophy -- both fairly obvious puns playing on the audience's idea that gay sex is inherently both funny and a little gross. At the Golden Globes, Douglas said he had been worried his casting in "Candelabra" had meant his previous acting for director Steven Soderbergh had been "mincing" -- a (barely-)coded word that's long been used to express disdain for feminine gay men.
At tonight's SAG Awards, Douglas began with a sincere tribute to his fellow nominees -- all had seemed to have been going so well! And then he declared that he and Damon, nominated against one another at all three major awards ceremonies, had "gone head-to-head" over the course of the past year. He paused for laughs -- the joke, you see, was that "head" is a slang term for oral sex.